For many people, a port stop during a Caribbean cruise means a shore excursion provided by the cruise line or a local tour operator. For others, it’s all about exploring each of the islands for local cuisine, shopping, and history. And then for others it’s about finding the best cocktail in the best beach setting. Which do we love? All of the above, thank you very much. But for those in search of a fabulous Caribbean beach bar, we share our favorites.
One of the few floating bars we’ve ever seen, technically D-Boat isn’t so much a beach bar as an ocean bar. With fantastic food, tropical cocktails and nonstop entertainment (including a waterslide and a floating trampoline), D-Boat is a great way to spend your day in port.
Moomba Beach Bar
This gem is only a 10-minute walk away from the cruise ship and is open from 8:00 AM, so no matter how long your ship is in port — or how early it leaves — you can still enjoy a drink on the beach under giant palapas.
The Tiki Bar
A huge drink menu provides lots of great choices for a single drink or an afternoon of enjoying the view. Just 20 minutes from port, the Tiki Bar is a great lunch and cocktail choice for cruisers.
Karel’s Beach Bar
More of a ‘pier bar’ than a beach bar, but Karel’s offers a variety of fun tropical cocktails in the middle of the perfect Bonaire water.
Yaya Beach Club
Less a beach bar and more of an all-day experience, Yaya Beach Club offers comfortable lounge chairs, umbrellas, food and drinks for a reasonable price. You can take the shuttle from the cruise port, but if you are able to find a taxi it will save you quite a bit of time.
Like Costa Maya, Cozumel isn’t so much a ‘beach bar’ as it is a ‘beach club.’ There are several options for an all day fun-and-sun plan, but our favorite is Mr. Sanchos. It’s a bit of a ‘something for everyone’ option, with sun chairs, water sports, cocktails and food.
Located on the famous Seven Mile Beach, Calico Jack’s is an easy 10-minute taxi ride from your cruise ship. Great food, frozen drinks, and no shoes required. Plus, this little bar is right on the sand so you can enjoy the day sunning.
Bigg’s BBQ Restaurant
While the food at this BBQ restaurant is great, the location is even better. Nestled right on the beach with a great view of your cruise ship, once you’re done with your meal you can find a perfect spot on the sand for a siesta just a few feet away.
Sundowners Beach Bar
Take the 15-minute taxi ride to the other side of the island and you will find a favorite beach bar among cruisers. Join the locals for a tropical drink at this small bar where boats pull right up to the beach.
Shipwreck Beach Bar
Don’t let the appearance fool you, it is probably one of the smallest beach bars on the list, but when you think of the Caribbean Beach Bar – this is it. You will need to take a taxi from the cruise ship to get there, but it will feel like your own little island.
Sunset Bar and Grill
This is a cruiser’s favorite because it is located right at the end of the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport, so you can enjoy a great drink on the beach while experiencing the thrill of an airplane flying right over you. This is a taxi ride away from the cruise ship but completely worth it.
Iggies Beach Bar and Grill
Iggies is located on the other side of the island, but that’s just a 10-minute taxi ride away. This bar is only a couple of feet from the water’s edge and they have collectable mugs. Our favorite drink is the One-Two Punch.
Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke
This destination is a bit of a hike from the cruise port, but some cruise lines (including Carnival and Royal Caribbean) offer shore excursions to Jost Van Dyke. A few hours on the beach with the Soggy Dollar’s signature drink, the Painkiller, is a fabulous way to spend a tropical day.
Foxy’s Beach Bar, Jost Van Dyke
As long as you’ve made the excursion to Jost Van Dyke, you might as well make it a two-stop adventure. With a full page of rum drinks, you will have plenty of cocktails to tempt you before you head back to the ship.
Junkanoo Beach Bar
Only a 15 minute walk away from the cruise ship terminal, Junkanoo is a free beach with a tiny beach bar right in the middle. Amazing drink specials and clean restrooms are cruisers’ favorite features about this beach bar, and make it a great way to spend your afternoon in Nassau.
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